Weekend Touris: Summer arrives at the Groveland Gallery

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June 6, 2011
By: Linda Koutsky
Linda Koutsky
Groveland Gallery // 25 Groveland Terrace, Tuesday–Saturday, noon–5 p.m., 612-377-7800

Who says fine art can’t be good fun? The Walker Art Center is hosting its second annual outdoor extravaganza called Open Field, and just up the hill, Groveland Gallery is betting on Minnesota’s looming heat wave with Summer Shorts. Grab your calendar, you won’t want to miss this rapid-fire series of exhibits and tantalizing events.

While galleries typically host new exhibits every six or eight weeks, this summer Groveland’s going to be putting them up and taking them down so fast that during one show you can even take work right off the wall and home with you that night. The six themed exhibits include small-size, low-priced art; red, white and blue art; gallery regulars plus a friend; and a fresh approach to traditional subjects. Every couple of weeks one of the gallery’s artists will take up residence on the sprawling front porch to work and demonstrate their talents. If you’ve always wanted to look over an artist’s shoulder while they work, it’s OK at these Porch Painter demonstrations that also include printmaking and oil pastels.

For an entire day of Groveland Gallery excitement be part of their Plein Air Smackdown on July 16. Plein air painting, from the French term “en plein air,” means to paint outdoors. It became popular in the late 1800s when paint was first readily available in tubes. Today, many artists still believe that painting on-site results in better work than using photos or sketches back in the studio. Groveland Gallery artists will be sprinkled throughout the neighborhood that afternoon. Pick up a map at the gallery for their locations. When they wrap up for the day artists will bring their paintings back to the gallery for a silent auction. You can watch the artist working outdoors then have a chance to take that painting home with you for a great summer souvenir!

Perched on a hill overlooking Downtown’s skyline, Groveland Gallery is the longest-running gallery in Minneapolis. With a roster of nearly 40 of the Midwest’s finest, award-winning artists, Groveland hung its first show in 1977. A few years later, Sally Johnson, an employee and recent Macalester College graduate who studied painting with Jerry Rudquist, became the gallery’s director. With her eye for discovering and nurturing talent she’s made the gallery one of Minnesota’s finest.

In addition to the beauty inside, the massive stone structure itself is worthy of appreciation. Designed by architect Franklin B. Long as his personal residence and built in 1894, Long had been a partner in firms that designed some of Downtown’s premier buildings such as the Lumber Exchange, Hennepin Center for the Arts and Minneapolis City Hall — built from the same pink Ortonville granite as Groveland Gallery. The massive stone walls, arched windows and deeply recessed windows are typical of the Richardsonian Romanesque style. Don’t forget to visit the cute carriage house in the back that houses Groveland’s Annex Gallery.

Exhibit opening receptions:

•    1 x 1 = $200, Saturday, June 4, 12–5 p.m.

•    Contemporary Classics, Thursday, June 16, 5–8 p.m.

•    Red, White, & Blue, Thursday, June 30, 5–8 p.m.

•    Plein Air Smackdown, Saturday, July 16, auction/reception 4 p.m.

•    The One that Got Away, Thursday, July 11, 5–8 p.m. (call for reservation)

•    Old Friends, New Talent, Thursday, Aug. 11, 5–8 p.m.

Events at a glance:

•    Porch Painter—William Muray, Saturday, June 11, 12:30–4 p.m.

•    Figure Drawing Workshop, Saturday, June 25, 2–4 p.m. (call for reservation)

•    Porch Painter—Larry Welo, Saturday, July 9, 12:30–4 p.m.

•    Plein Air Smackdown, Saturday, July 16, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

•    Porch Painter—Abbie Anderson, Saturday, July 23, 12:30–4 p.m.

•    Porch Painter—Susan Horn, Saturday, August 13, 12:30–4 p.m.

•    Porch Painter—Tom Maakestad, Saturday, August 20, 12:30–

    4 p.m.

For more information, visit grovelandgallery.com or write to WeekendTourist@mnpubs.com